The General Services Administration (GSA) announced Friday, July 3, that it had chosen Amazon.com, Inc., Overstock.com, Inc., and Fisher Scientific Inc., to develop portals to sell products such as office supplies to federal agencies, opening up a new multi million dollar revenue stream for the firms and their diversity suppliers, such as Stay Safe Solutions, Inc. The GSA has said the project, known as the Commercial Platforms Initiative, is intended to streamline the federal government’s Byzantine acquisition process by making it, faster, cheaper and more transparent. Amazon approached Stay Safe Solutions in late 2019 in their effort to prepare third party diversity resellers for inclusion in this initiative. Government buyers can now use these e-marketplaces for purchases up to $10,000 or less. The federal government spends about $6 billion annually on these kinds of small purchases according to GSA data. Stay Safe Solutions has added Essendant / Staples, ORS Nasco and True Value Hardware catalogs to Amazon’s e-commerce platforms, and is developing catalogs with other manufacturers / distributors to prepare for this three-year pilot project opening up a potentially lucrative new revenue stream for the firm.
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